Management Problem Solving - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Creative Synthesis (Groups) (30%) , Assignment 2 - Individual Report (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This unit is a capstone in the management major. Capstone units offer students an experiential learning opportunity where they are exposed to a simulated learning environment. Students will take the role of a manager and have to make difficult decisions. The learning and teaching style of a capstone unit is inherently different to most undergraduate experiences.

The aim of this course is to help students learn what the world of management is like. Through problem based learning, students will explore what management is actually like and get a taste of the 'real' world. Activities are practical and based on real world problems with group work a key element. The aim of this unit is to expose students to management problems in order to help them put into context what they have learned during the management major. Students will be required to work in small groups and individually complete assessment tasks aligned with a case study and reflective assessment.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand management problem solving
  2. Develop skills in engaging management problems
  3. Reflect on the use of ideas to solve management problems
  • Assignment 1 — Creative Synthesis (Groups) (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual Report (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual Reflection (30%)

As this unit is a Level 3 unit, it is expected that students have a broad understanding of management and have successfully completed Level 1 and 2 units in a Management major.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Engaging with Problem Solving
2Critical Analysis
3Wicked Problems
4Creative Problem Solving
5Reflective Thinking
6Meditating on a Problem
7Lateral Thinking
8Thinking in Systems
9Non-routine Problems
10Reflection and Learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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